Ask any team leader about the decisions they make when it comes to leading their employees, they will tell you that everything they do is to benefit the organization.
As humans, we are genetically programmed to focus on the future. Even though past experiences color us, every choice we make, we make to build a better tomorrow. However, when being responsible for a whole group, leaders tend to only focus on the big picture but not the little dots connecting everything. And this is a fact backed by science.
In the 90s, scientists made an experiment called the 'invisible gorilla.' This study demonstrated that people focusing really hard on a problem become blind to unexpected events. This applies even when the unpredictable circumstances are more than obvious. In scientific terms, this situation is called "inattentional blindness."
So there is no wonder why so many leaders are blind to their employees' unhappiness. They don't miss the signs because they don't care but because they are too fixated on something else. Thus, it’s hard to point the blame. Signals have been missed and team members have become disengaged as a result.
This is why the most straightforward yet most effective way to keep a team together is listening. If you listen to and act on signals from the team that may be beneath the surface, your team’s mood will be lifted. A simple answer to a just as simple 'How happy are you with your organization' question is the key. Getting periodical feedback about the employees' happiness represents the eyeglasses needed to treat the inattentional blindness so many leaders suffer from.
With this thought in mind, we ask you to be the leader who is 100% focused on the organization’s success but who is also interested in seeing the gorilla in the room.
Recently, we raised the alarm on the Great Resignation. We took the chance to discuss the matter and offered some tips on how to tackle the issue. Yet, this being such an important topic, we decided to extend the discussion.
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Research shows that people who are assigned boring and repetitive tasks are more likely to get distracted when working outside the office environment.
Discussing an issue makes people feel more confident about finding a solution.
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There's no secret that in order to have high-performing teams, all members need to be happy.
To be successful in business, you need more than talented people on your team.
More than often, leaders are being perceived only for their management skills.
As a general rule, people don't usually like showing off their vulnerabilities
Does happiness have to end when the workday begins?
We went looking for answers. This is what we discovered.
Recently, a study that started in 2011 presented an actual scientific link between high-performance teams and the level of happiness of their members.
Sadly, on average, people tend not to be very fond of their jobs. They see their work as a necessity but not as something enjoyable.
Management has no idea that their employees are unhappy and are ready to abort the ship
People have become more acutely aware that we need to have a digital way of working relating to HR.
Always follow up with your employees to understand their situations and problems that they might face.
Rather than focusing on engagement, concentrate on happiness.
Alexander talks about how Frank Digital works towards a happier work environment
Marija shares her story of using Hapkey at Ombori.
Hapkey's CEO, Marcus Castenfors, had the pleasure of interviewing Henrik Kniberg this week.
Hapkey's CEO Marcus Castenfors joined the podcast "Fika med oss" this week to talk about employee happiness and organizational change.